Category Archives: behavior change

Know thyself. Be thyself. Live well. Love well.

I recently read an article by Richard Ryan and Edward Deci (2000) about Self Determination Theory (SDT). Herein I summarize and respond to some of the main ideas in the paper.  At the end, I come up with some of … Continue reading

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my clean(ish) food journey continues (with recipes!)

I haven’t posted in too long. I haven’t slept more than 3 consecutive hours in too long too. There is a correlation there; I’m sure. So what am I eating these days? Lots of people wonder what I DO eat … Continue reading

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To measure or not to measure…

To measure or not to measure. That has been the question I’ve had on this intervention. On the one hand, measures are useful indicators. On the other hand, for some of us, they come with a whole lot of feelings. … Continue reading

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About my clean foods intervention.

For the next one hundred and twenty something days…until January 1 (midnight–New Year’s Eve) I will be adhering to this clean foods intervention that I designed for myself. Why? Here are a few of my reasons (in no particular order): … Continue reading

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Wellness is a complex, holistic and lifelong pursuit.

DAY ONE of my intervention. It’s going well. I plan to write here regularly over the next few months to take time to reflect. I plan on writing at least twice a week. Next time I post, I will include … Continue reading

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I’ve been blogging–just not here.

Sorry for the long hiatus in Twirling Leaf posts. I still love writing; it’s just that my recent blogging has been as a guest writer on Body Inspired Fitness’ website and not here. For anyone interested in catching up on … Continue reading

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Discomfort may lead to improvement

Sorry for the long break in between posts. We had some splendid visitors (my mom and dad) for a couple of weeks, and I got out of the routine of posting.   We are doing well out here. I finished … Continue reading

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Cultural relativism has its limits

WARNING: This post describes a scenario we witnessed involving violence, and I advise you not to read it if you are sensitive to such content. We just stopped by Kwale primary school unannounced, and consequently we witnessed the corporal punishment … Continue reading

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Focus Group Discussion Success!

Earlier in the day we went to visit a literacy and education class for women in a village named Mwachombe. It was really cool. These women are learning how to read and write and do mathematics. Our church, VCF, helps … Continue reading

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Sitting Sen and Collin’s Night to Shine

Today we went to a secondary school, and I wanted Collin to take a turn at leading on the questionnaire; I was happy to get to take the lead on caring for Sen. So, I volunteered to take Senya outside … Continue reading

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